Acquainted With The Night

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“Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost dramatizes the conflict that the speaker experiences with the outside world, which has rejected him, or perhaps which he has rejected. The poem is composed of fourteen lines and seven sentences, all of which begin with “I have.” Frost’s first and last line, “I have been one acquainted with the night,” emphasizes what it means for the speaker to be “acquainted with the night” (line 1; 14). The speaker describes his walk in the night as journey, in which he has “walked out of rain—and back in rain” and “outwalked the furthest city light” (line 2-3). Through the depiction of the changing weather conditions, Frost signifies the passage of time, perhaps indicating that the narrator has been on his journey for a lengthy period of time and has traveled through many cities. Furthermore, the imagery of the rain at night creates a forlorn atmosphere in the poem. The dramatic situation of the poem becomes apparent in the second stanza, where Frost details the main conflict between the narrator and society. Although the speaker is currently walking in a city, he is alone, “[looking] down the saddest city lane” and shunning any interactions with other people, such as “the watchman on his beat” …show more content…

At the same time, perhaps the clock could also be a literal clock and describing its height as “unearthly” an example of hyperbole. When the narrator examines the clock as it proclaims the time, he states that “the time was neither right nor wrong” (line 13). Through this diction, Frost creates a sense of ambiguity about the nature of time and the narrator’s feelings about his life choices. Concluding the poem with the line “I have been one acquainted with the night,” Frost indicates that understanding “the night” seems to be the poet’s destination on his

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